Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 58

MOTORING Yaris ticks all the boxes It’s new, it’s sleek and it’s so easy to drive, underlining the fact that as far as the Toyota Yaris is concerned good things do come in small packages. Toyota have been boasting about their new optimal Drive Technology for some time, and the Yaris incorporates this system helping to increase fuel efficiency and its carbon footprint. The new Yaris, which is available from Wight Motors, College Close, Sandown is the third generation of Toyota’s super-mini. I drove the SR 1.33 5 door and found it easy and comfortable to test. You don’t have far to look to realise the Yaris is an award winning car. The year after its launch in 1999, it was named European Car of the Year, and to prove it stands the test of time only last year it scooped first place for TEST DRIVEN ON THE ISLAND By Peter White 58 cost of ownership in the super-mini category. The new Yaris comes with a choice of three engines. Petrol options are a 68bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre and a 98bhp four-cylinder 1.3-litre, while the range is completed by a 1.4 diesel with 89bhp. The drive is smooth and with firm and responsive steering, you feel in control at all times, a real asset on some of the Island’s undulating road surfaces. Inside the cabin, there is a real sense of space considering it is a relatively small car. There is loads of space in the front, and there is plenty of head and leg room in the back. Making the Yaris that little bit different from the rest is the new Toyota Touch & Go system which, in essence, transforms the all new Yaris Wight Motors College Close, Sandown PO36 8EB TEL: 01983 405551 into a fully networked, multimedia experience, offering information, entertainment and advanced safety. It features a sat-nav system with a host of new added features, including a very useful reverse gear camera, and can even plan a route for you that is the most eco-friendly. It certainly is impressive stuff, and Yaris fans across the Island are sure to be impressed by this latest edition.